Sunday, 31 May 2009
On Friday I had my first practice in the studio. On Tuesday we were in the studio for the first time, and learnt what all those buttons mean and how to play and cue tracks, adjust and check their levels and use the mic. I have to say the whole button thing was good to know about, and I'm slightly reassured because at this point I don't have to use all the buttons and Anyway back to my first "alone" time in the studio. Well it's hard! And I made lots of mistakes. In some ways I had a super time, rocking out to all my favourite songs ( I bought some of my own cds in) and sang and chair danced along, but well it meant I got distracted and didn't leave enough time to cue the next track and get it's levels ( volume) right and there were some big gaping holes. You know when you listen to radio and each song glides smoothly into the next? WEll that aint easy, and making sure you turn things off and cue and check your next track ( I could go really technical here but I think it might be boring ) And then there's the talking, that's probably the hardest bit for me, I'm not a big talker and I think suddenly with a mic in my face even bands and songs I usually have things to say about reduces me to a ummming and ahhing idiot. Plus you need to make sure your talking loud enough as well as finding things to say! Ok there were a few moments where I rose above myself and managed a few smooth moves, but I got cocky and it was " oh my god this song! I love this song". HA, I'm gunna need a lot of practice, but I guess it would be weird if i could do it all straight away ( although it would be really nice)
Listening- Veckamist by Grizzly bear. I love this album so much and have been listening to little else..... except Okkervil River! Ha, perhaps you peeps are a tad sick of me talking about them well sorry, but after seeing them live and their amazing performance ( and meeting them) I have grown to love them even more ( if that is possible) and can't stop playing their music. they are pure class.
Saturday, 30 May 2009
Friday, 29 May 2009
Thursday, 28 May 2009
This week my creative space is a total pigsty due to unfortunate events and that I've a little bit much to do ( hence the close up pic because I'm a little embarassed) and had to drop everything.
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
Thursday, 21 May 2009
This week i've got lots of bears on the go. I usually have two tads on the go, but this week I have 4 ( one not pictured). So we have a Scooter nearing completion, the next Colin head and a new bear I'm working on with this amazing mohair I bought a while back, that already looks worn and old. I've been saving it for the right moment, and it seems suddenly it's now. I've been playing around with paper and looking on ebay at funny old worn character bears for inspiration.
Thank you all for the sweet comments about my course last night. I'm sort of freaking out about it, inside. It's sort of like being back at school. I found out last night that we actually get assessed on it, have to a) do a live demo in front of the teacher, b) take a written test and c) hand in a a 30 recorded "demo" or little radio program covering an interview, station ids, music etc, and at least one "cart" ( I have no idea what that is)
Next week we jump straight into the studio ( aaahhh) and begin to learn all the button, techy stuff. I think also at the end we do a graveyard shift at rrr between the delightful hours of 2am-6am. I'll be downing lots of cups of tea that night I can tell you. Luckily I don't think many people will listen at that time, (except my mum- you know what mum's are like)
Anyway I really like the teacher, Camilla, she seems great, and the other people seem lovely too, although a bit more confident perhaps than me. Oh well it's good to learn something new, it's just this is totallly different to the world of bears and wonks and craft.
Wednesday, 20 May 2009
I've been waiting to get my hands on Grizzly Bears Veckatimest and now I have. And it's beautiful. I do love this band, and no I'm not biased because of the name. To be honest when I found out of about them, I was a bit scared of listening to them, because of the name- my love of bears etc and what if I hated them?
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
Tonight I start my Broadcasting course at RRR. I'm rather petrified as I'm not really very technologically minded or skilled and I've only twice been in the studio and the first time, I got so scared I wanted to leave straight away. I've been sort of practising on my Ipod, which I know sounds silly, seeing what songs go together and would make good brackets, and making smooth transitions between songs and fading them in and out etc. But I think radio broadcasting and panelling is harder than my ipod!
Monday, 18 May 2009
Last night I saw Okkervil River, and they were amazing. Truly. OK you are probably sick of me talking about them, but it was seriously one of the best gigs I've been too, everything was great, atmosphere, their performance, they played almost all my favourite songs ( which the above song is one of). I'd been so looking forward to it, and people had told me they were great live, so I did worry that perhaps my expectations would to be high, and they would be a little disapointed having built it up so much. But no they well and beyond exceeded what I had thought and expected. It's lovely when that happens.
I also was lucky enough to meet them on Saturday, and they were lovely too.
Sunday, 17 May 2009
Thursday, 14 May 2009
On Tuesday night at Brown Owls, I finally finished embroidering this piece. I started it in 2007 and the first stitching night Pip ever ran, and well only was finally two nights ago.. Lovely Catherine, asked me what I was going to do with it now, and to be honest, and I was just so relieved, excited and proud ( though I'm not sure I should be the latter) that I had finished it, that I couldn't deal with that other thought of now it's done what will it become. That finally step of making embroideries into something is not a strong point of mine, perhaps I will wait another 2 years to finish it off properly?
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
Ok I know I keep going on about Okkervil River but peeps I have really exciting new, I'm going to meet them! This really is pee in your pants type excitement and also pee in your pants nervousness! On Saturday morning when they come into RRR for an interview, I'm going to be helping out! WOuld you believe? Lovely Lyndal made it happen. Ok I know I'm sounding like a full on groupie, but I LOVE this band, one of my favourites ever. I'm so scared and excited, I think I might spew. If you don't know them, I definetly recommend ( obviously) checking them out.
THey are super good.
One of my favourite bands of all times the Lucksmiths have decided to call it a day. So I'm sad. I don't want to sound cheesy or corny, but I've been listening to them going to see them for 15 years now, from when I was 14 years old, so you know I've sort of grown up with them and perhaps in my innocence I thought they'd be together forever.
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Sunday, 10 May 2009
Friday, 8 May 2009
I finished Peabody last night, and ( for me anyway) the first thing word that comes to mind is WEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! ANd not in the rude sense ( get your mind out of the gutter). OK perhaps I'm crazy and the antibiotics are doing something weird.
Thursday, 7 May 2009
The current bear I'm working on, it's a newby, I think I will call him Peabody. I would have loved to finish him earlier but when I started on him, I hadn't checked if I had the current joints to make him whole and put him together, and I didn't and you can only get them from teddy supply places. Silly me, do you ever do that? I do it constantly, start on something and realise that you don't have all the stuff or tools to finish/make it and there you are left mid project wanting to finish it and waiting not very patiently by the mail box.
Wednesday, 6 May 2009
Tuesday, 5 May 2009
Saturday, 2 May 2009
Tonight I saw Mary and Max. I really loved it. I thought it was really beautiful, honest, charming and funny. It is so refreshing to see a film that is about real things, and doesn't floss everything over, about loneliness, friendship, life I guess and people on the margins of society.
Latest bear head, I'm working on. This guy will be a bit smaller than the other mohair teds I've done in the past ( around 20cm) and I have to say I'm always amazed at how much quicker it makes it (you think I would have caught on by now) and I guess also when I'm not stuffing it with excelsior. Sometimes I worry a lot of other people who make bears, or bear artists, although I have a problem calling myself that I don't feel up to their standard and I don't think of well my bears at least as "art", have a certain style to their bears whereas I tend to like to jump around the shop, and make all different sorts of bears. I guess perhaps there is nothing wrong with that, I just get inspired by lots of different stuff.